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Review: Blue 100i Instrument Microphone
The Blue 100i is the latest offering from Blue Microphones, designed as a low-cost, multi-purpose instrument microphone. Built to the highest standards, the Blue 100i is a bargain at around $85. But how does it stack up to the competition?

Review: Sennheiser E901 Kick Drum Microphone
The Sennheiser E901 kick drum microphone is a fantastic product -- and it makes getting the perfect kick drum tone extremely easy. How does it stack up against the competition? About.com's resident audio engineer Joe Shambro puts this mic to the test.

Sennheiser E904 Drum Microphone
The Sennheiser E904 is a superior-quality drum microphone, best suited for toms and snare. While it's not the cheapest, it offers performance reminiscent of Sennheiser's famous MD441 at a fraction of the cost.

Heil PR-20 Utility Microphone
The Heil PR-20 UT is a fantastic microphone; it sounds great on most everything, and it offers exceptional value for the money. But how does it stack up to the competition? Check out this full review of the Heil PR-20UT.

Audio-Technica AT4022 Review
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Heil Sound PR-40 Dynamic Microphone
The Heil PR-40 is one of the first microphones I've tried in a long time that could quality for the title of secret weapon ! The PR40 is a spectacular microphone on studio vocals, kick drum, bass amp, and any other source where articulation and solid low-end are in demand. Priced competitively, the PR-40 is a fantastic microphone; check out...

Heil Sound PR-30 Dynamic Microphone
The Heil PR30 is a very unique microphone; it represents a new way of thinking about dynamic microphone technology, backed by the experience of one of live sound's greatest innovators, Bob Heil. The PR-30 is an ideal microphone for guitars and vocals -- and, surprisingly, one of the finest drum overhead mics I've ever used. Check out this...

Shure Beta 98 D/S Microphone Review
Recording drums -- and mixing live drums -- is always a challenge, but with great tools, it becomes a lot easier! The Shure Beta 98 D/S is a fantastic microphone for toms, snare, and anything else you can clamp it to!

Review: Superlx S241/U3 Condenser Microphone
A hands-on review of the brand new Superlux S241/U3, a fantastic small-diaphragm condenser microphone with an even more stellar price tag -- only $125 --.

Review: Superlux R102 Ribbon Microphone
A full hands-on review of the Superlux R102 phantom powered ribbon microphone, a fantastic value at $225, with rich, robust sound quality and excellent construction.

Review: Shanghai ShuaiYin Electronics SYC-100
As inexpensive condenser microphones become even more inexpensive, the quality level continues to rise. Check out this review of the latest entry from Shanghai ShuaiYin Electronics, a popular OEM manufacturer of condenser microphones.

Nady RSM-4 Ribbon Microphone
A full review of the inexpensive yet astoundingly useful Nady RSM-4 Ribbon Microphone, a fantastic addition to any microphone collection at a price that can't be beat.

Karma K-Micro Miniature Condenser Microphone
A review of the Karma K-Micro, a $5 miniature condenser mic. It may be cheap, but it certainly doesn't sound like it! Check out this full review of this amazing little mic.

Crown Sound Grabber II PZM Microphone
A review of the Crown Sound Grabber II PZM Condenser Microphone, a value-priced, high-performance microphone great for recording pianos, drums, speech, and live events.

Marshall MXL V67G Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
A full review of the Marshall MXL V67G Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, a $99, value-priced microphone that packs a high-dollar punch -- perfect for vocals, drum overheads, and acoustic guitar. While it's low-priced, it certainly packs a punch equal to much more expensive mics. About.com's Joe Shambro takes the MXL V67G on a test drive.

Samson CO1U & CO3U USB Condenser Microphones
Yes, it really is that easy! Plug these condenser microphones into a USB port, open your sound recording software, and you're all set to go. Check out our review of the Samson C01U and C03U microphones, fantastic choices for recording anything you need.

Samson Q1U Dynamic USB Microphone
The Samson Q1U is the first professional-quality dynamic USB microphone, a fantastic value without sacrificing performance. Check out our review of this hand-held USB microphone, perfect for use with Garageband!

Microphone Review: DPA SMK4061 Stereo Microphone Kit
A review of the DPA SMK4061 Stereo Microphone Kit, a robust, high-quality stereo pair of microphones for both home and live concert taping.

Audix UEM-81S Microphone with Shotgun & Cardioid Capsules
A review of the Audix UEM-81S Microphone set.

Submit Your Microphone Reviews
There are literally thousands of microphones available for live sound and recording; which ones are the best, and which ones disappoint? Submit your microphone reviews, and read submitted reviews from other musicians and sound engineers.

Review: Telefunken M80 Dynamic Microphone
The Telefunken M80 has received a lot of attention for both its flashy looks and stellar sound quality. It's a dynamic microphone with stage vocals in mind, but how does it stack up as a multi-purpose utility mic? Audio engineer Joe Shambro takes the M80 for a test drive in this review.

KAM ST2 Drum Microphone
The KAM ST2 is a sleeper of a microphone -- it's a fantastic drum microphone with superior sound quality, making toms and snare sound accurate and punchy. It's also fairly priced -- especially compared to the competition. But how does it stack up to the rest? About.com's Joe Shambro takes the ST2 for a test drive.

Shure Beta 91A Review
The Shure Beta 91A is the latest incarnation of one of the world's favorite kick drum microphones. Descended from the Shure SM91, the Beta 91A offers even wider frequency response and a very convenient XLR connection. How does it sound, and how does it stack up to it's predecessors? About.com's Joe Shambro takes the Beta 91A for a test drive.

Shure Beta 181 Microphone Review
The Shure Beta 181 is Shure's latest entry into the utility microphone game, and with it's sleek design and low-profile functionality, it's quickly becoming a favorite of engineers everywhere. How does the 181 stack up to the competition?

KAM Instruments Atmosphere Microphone Review
The KAM Instruments Atmosphere condenser microphone is a fantastic microphone, priced at $159. The KAM Atmosphere shines on female vocals, live instruments, and ambient recording; packaged with minimal accessories, the KAM Instruments relies on simplicity rather than compromises in performance to achieve it's low price. About.com's Joe...

KAM Instruments C3 Microphone Review
The KAM C3 is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone that packs a powerful punch in a small package. Offering a crisp, airy sound without being harsh or brittle, the C3 works best as an instrument microphone, with studio vocals being a close second. About.com's Joe Shambro takes the C3 for a test drive.

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